Pranayama is a popular term now a days. But it is not just a breathing exercise!!! Let's see Pranayama from the eye of Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Maharishi Patanjali, the compiler of yoga sutras has enlightened the path of ashtanga yoga (the eightfold path of yoga). And Pranayama is the fourth limb of ashtanga yoga which comes after asana. He has mentioned some of the sutras about Pranayama in "Patanjali Yoga Sutra", one of the greatest work on yoga. The sutras are from chapter two, Sadhana pada starting from 49 to 53. In this blog the yoga sutras shares the knowledge about what is pranayama, stages of pranayama, goal, result and factors on which the practice depends. These five yoga sutras enlightens everything about the pranayama.
Ashtottara Shatnaam means 108 names, Surya Ashtottara Shatnaam has 108 names of Sun. The miraculous Surya Ashtottara Shatanaam is from the Mahabharat, Vana Parva. This stotra is disclosed to Pandu's son Yudhishthir by Daumya. In this blog we are sharing the stotra and few benefits to motivate.
Balanced seven energy centers or seven chakra are very important to uplift and lead the life. We have already shared the knowledge on 5 chakras from muladhara (root chakra) to anahata (heart chakra). In this blog we are sharing about sixth chakra, third eye chakra or ajna chakra. We have covered: The relationship between hatha yoga and third eye chakra, How this chakra is very important as per hinduism, its location, symbol, sound colour etc. More importantly how to find your third eye chakra is blocked, imbalanced or balanced? And the techniques to heal, balance and activate this center of intuition and psychic powers.
The surya naam stotra glorifies the God Sun by various names. Lord Sun is the God who is worshipped in every religion or cult. Since the vedic times Aditya is God who has 12 forms. Vedic God Aditya is Sun. This stotra is by Lord Brahma (the creator) mentioned in the sacred scriptures purana. He has described the sun stotra to Rishi Yagyavalkya (Yajnavalkya). Blog contains the stotra and its benefits.
‘Shri Durga Dwatrinsha Naamamala Stotra’ is a powerful Durga Mantra chant. The Stotra is the graceful chanting of 32 names of Goddess Durga. The vibrations of the stotra creates powerful protection around, divine vibes and positive aura. Here the stotra is given in sanskrit with easy reading and meaning.
In the vedic culture the Gods of nature are worshipped, like Vasus (deity of elements: agni, jal, vayu and more), rudra, ashwini kumar and Aditya. Aditya means the son of devi aditi and this stotra pleases the Lord's heart and hence called Aditya Hrudayam Stotram. In hinduism or any other culture sages always worship the Lord Sun as the presiding deity. In one of the oldest text, vedas (Rigveda) the mantras and stotras are there to worship the Surya Dev. This blog gives aditya hrudayam stotra is sanskrit and english with meaning and explanation.
Hindu mythology has a deeper meaning of each story like Lord Brahma had five heads but Lord Shiva cut off His one head, Why? Whats fight between Lord Vishnu and Brahma? Who are these Gods? What is the meaning of this Hindu Mythology.
Basant Panchami festival is of special importance in Hinduism. The day is of worshipping Goddess Saraswati and also called the day of Saraswati Puja. It is also the mark of spring. This blog includes the details of festival celebrations, the colour associated, manifestation of Goddess Saraswati, meaning of the symbols, method of Saraswati Puja, the mantra and more.
Kreem is the ekakshari bija mantra associated with Hindu Goddess Kali. Ekakshari mantra means the one word mantra or single syllable mantra. And this ekakshari beej mantra associates with Devi kali. The one who represents the death, time and darkness (end of darkness). She has no beginning and no end. She is the boundless, infinite and free. It is the shakti mantra and the beeja mantra which in itself is the powerful mantra of Devi Kali. The blog gives the complete insight about the Kreem Mantra.
Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular stotra of Lord Hanuman which devotees sing, chant and recite. It is like the protection guard. When fears & insecurities wrap us, when negative energies haunt, when we feel alone and need strength Hanuman chalisa is the saviour. In the series of understanding the Hanuman Chalisa we are covering from chaupai 6 to 10 in this blog. It is composed by His Devotee Tulasidas around 400 years ago in awadhi language. Understanding the meaning of Hanuman chalisa will intensify the prayer. So lets find out the meaning.
We all experience stressful conditions in day to day life and body has auto mechanism for it, that is fight or flight. But when this stress prolongs it starts damaging the mind and body. There are many incidents like death of loved ones, breakups, disease, huge financial losses and many which directly throw us into the hands of stress. Unhealthy stressful mind affects body adversely too. So the exercise to keep mind fit is Meditation.
Lord Hanuman is the perfect combination of devotion, strength, faith, excellence and self control. The two shlokas from Anand Ramayana are dedicated to 12 names of Lord Hanuman. What are they? What are the meaning of 12 names and their mantra? What are the benefits of chanting Hanuman Dwadash Namavali?
Karma yoga is the union with God by doing. We can say it is "Yoga of Action". But what actions and how they need to be performed. In this context, the principle of Karma Yoga described in the Gita is most acceptable. Bhagavad Gita says that doing nishkama karma, the karma with non attachment, non desire, non intention is the way to attain yoga. What Lord Krishna says more on this, lets see.
Shiva is the God who get pleased easily and by all without any discrimination. He loves all equally whether the seeker is demon or god or human. And for this reason Shiva is one of the most worshipped Hindu God. Therefore here we are listing two the most effective, powerful and ancient shiva mantras practised since ages.
The fifth Chakra refers to as 'Vishuddha or 'Vishuddhi Chakra' or 'Throat Chakra'. The word Vishuddha literally means pure or filtered. It is the chakra of communication and expression. So the purity in communication with self, world and the God indicates how pure we are inside out. The chakra governs what we truly want to... Continue Reading →